On the 2nd of October, 2003, detectives Frank Hittel and Jerry Carson from the Indianapolis Police Department were escorting a prisoner around Henry County in an attempt to gather information about the crimes he had committed. The prisoner asked to use the restroom, so the detectives pulled into an abandoned gas station along I-70 on Indiana Route 109. Whilst they were taking a break, one of the individuals discovered the body of a deceased man.
The autopsy discovered that the man had been shot in the head, and it was also determined that the man had been at the gas station for less than 24 hours before being found. His death has been ruled a homicide. Both of the detectives surrendered their weapons to Henry County officials as a protocol to ensure that they were not involved in the murder.
Photos of the unknown man were taken and shown to the media in an attempt to identify the man, but this led to no results.
John Doe is described as being a Hispanic male between the ages of 17 and 30, standing at around 5″2′ and weighing roughly 108lbs. His teeth showed evidence of old brace brackets from previous orthodontic work, and his jaw had been wired shut. It is possible that he had previously tried to remove some of the brackets himself. The man also had a small mole on his upper right shoulder and one on his lower back.
He was found wearing a blue “Malone USA” sweatshirt, white Reebok sneakers, brown work pants with “UConn” warm-up sweatpants over the pants, white socks and a white Duke baseball cap.
A short while after the discovery of John Doe, investigators discovered that he may have had a connection to the city of Reynoldsburg, Ohio. He was seen two days before his body was discovered at the local Walmart there, and he was seen driving a red car. Authorities have not disclosed what make or model of car he was driving, nor announced any public evidence of the man being at the Walmart.
In 2012, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children took on John Doe’s case. They provided an updated reconstruction of the victim, as only a post-mortem photograph was available for identification before.
Do you recognise Henry County John Doe?
It has recently been announced that in February 2022, Henry County John Doe was formerly identified as Daniel Diaz. Daniel was born on the 18th of September 1977, and at the time of his death, he was living in Columbus, Ohio. Daniel’s family believed that he had cut all contact with them as they had not seen or heard from him in over 20 years.
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